Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologists diagnose, medically and surgically manage, and prevent disorders of the eyes and visual system. Conditions commonly treated by Ophthalmologists include retinal disease, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, lacrimal and orbital disease, ocular inflammatory disorders and corneal disease.

Clinical Practice

Ophthalmologists provide care within both public and private health care services, and may work within a variety of clinical settings, including surgical, emergency, outpatients and community care. Ophthalmologists will often work collaboratively with other health professionals, particularly in the case of chronic eye diseases.

Statistics and information - Ophthalmology

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours
QLD

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

44% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities
Remote

Public/Private QLD

Private
Public

Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Length of Training

5 years full-time (2 years basic training, 2 years advanced training, 1 fellowship year)

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RANZCO.

Training program overview

Ophthalmology training is undertaken across three stages - basic, advanced and final year training combining learning strategies based on the College's curriculum standards. The objective of the vocational training program is to produce a specialist ophalmologist who can undertake safe, unsupervised and comprehensive general ophthalmological practice. Further training and experience is required for trainees to develop an area of special interest. Upon completion of all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO).

Eligibility

Applicants must hold full medical registration, citizenship or permanent resident status of Australia and New Zealand and have completed a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate pre-vocational experience including a minimum of 18 months of broad experience in non-ophthalmic medical, clinical and surgical settings within such posts at the commencement of training.

Flexibility

Allowed. Training must be completed within 12 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed however if training is interrupted for a period of 3 months or more, reskilling may be required.